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Volume 6 Issue 6, June 2022

Changing interactions

Hummingbird–plant mutualism is an ideal system to study climate-change pressures on ecological communities, given the availability of interaction and occurrence data. Even though species in Andean communities, such as this spangled coquette (Lophornis stictolophus), tend to have small geographic distributions, the communities appear resilient to future climate changes, unlike communities in lowland South America and in North America.

See Sonne et al.

Image: Jesper Sonne. Cover Design: Allen Beattie.


  • Governments around the world are too slow and too weak in their commitments to stop deforestation. And promises of restoration will not make up for the loss of old forests.



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Comment & Opinion

  • Data on tropical forests are in high demand. But ground forest measurements are hard to sustain and the people who make them are extremely disadvantaged compared to those who use them. We propose a new approach to forest data that focuses on the needs of data originators, and ensures users and funders contribute properly.

    • Renato A. F. de Lima
    • Oliver L. Phillips
    • Rodolfo Vásquez
  • Primate palaeontologist and passionate advocate for diversity in human origins research.

    • John Rowan
    • Patricia Princehouse
    • Kevin T. Uno
  • Researcher who studied fundamental questions about sexual selection, and an inspiring and kind colleague and friend.

    • Tracey Chapman
    • Paula Stockley
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Research Highlights

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News & Views

  • A computational method that negates the need to directly measure species interactions provides evidence in support of classic theory, stating that microbial communities with higher diversity remain stable as long they have low complexity and weaker interactions.

    • Akshit Goyal
    News & Views
  • Combining pantropical fish community surveys with bioenergetic models has revealed the global distribution of reef-fish ecosystem functions, and that trade-offs linked to demographic and trophic structure prevent any community from maximizing all functions simultaneously.

    • Matthew McLean
    News & Views
  • An analysis of phenotypic skew — the asymmetrical distributions of traits — explores how it can bias estimates of inheritance and selection, and how to correct for those biases.

    • David Houle
    News & Views
  • Simultaneous evolution of vaccine-induced immune escape and virulence leads to different evolutionary end points, depending on the type of vaccine-induced protection.

    • Veronika Bernhauerová
    News & Views
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  • Ocean afforestation is a proposed method for large-scale carbon dioxide removal, involving exporting rafts of nearshore macroalgae to the open ocean for long-term occupation and then sinking. In this Perspective, the authors caution that this approach has multiple potential ramifications for ocean chemistry and ecology.

    • Philip W. Boyd
    • Lennart T. Bach
    • Veronica Tamsitt
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